In a small Kentucky valley bordered by forested hills and a low creek, Abraham Lincoln's first memories took root: of planting pumpkins, walking to school, nearly drowning in a swollen stream and seeing shackled slaves shuffle along a dusty turnpike.
National Park Service archaeologists are using shovels, sifters and magnetometers to search for artifacts of Lincoln's Kentucky boyhood, and, if they're lucky, the farm's Holy Grail: The missing footprint of the tiny cabin where the nation's 16th president lived from ages 2 to 7.
"He formed his first impressions here, and his connection to Kentucky followed him throughout his life," says Sandy Brue, an official with the nearby Lincoln Birthplace National Historic site.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Archaeologists search for Lincoln's boyhood Kentucky home